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National Clinical Audit of HIV / STI Feasibility Study

National Clinical Audit of HIV / STI Feasibility Study

MEDFASH worked with partners to conduct a feasibility study exploring and evaluating the design of a future national clinical audit of healthcare for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhoea, and syphilis.

This one-year feasibility study was funded by NHSE, commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), and ran from March 2015 to March 2016. It was delivered by MEDFASH, in partnership with BASHH (British Association for Sexual Health and HIV), BHIVA (British HIV Association) and Public Health England.

The study had the following aims:

1. explore and identify the main aspects of HIV and STI clinical care of national concern

2. identify specific quality measures for inclusion in a national clinical audit that are likely to address the aspects of care identified in 1

3. provide a scope for a national clinical audit which is both achievable and impactful

The feasibility study report was very well received by the review panel comprising the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership, and members of the National Advisory Group for Clinical Audits and Enquiries (NAGCAE). They felt that the study was well-designed and executed and the outcome captured in an excellent report which makes a strong case for a future national clinical audit.

The next phase for this work would be developing and delivering the audit with full national coverage. At the time of MEDFASH’s closure in December 2016, this roll-out was unfortunately outside of the funding remit for NHS England’s National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme, but active discussions were underway between NHS England and other healthcare / public health organisations with a view to try to identify a source of future funding.

Read the study report

Read the report annexes

Visit the HQIP website

MEDFASH closure

MEDFASH closed in December 2016. This website is not being updated. 

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